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Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa

OCTOBER 04, 2011

Charges for the Aircraft and Crew Alone Amount to $424,142

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Washington, DC — October 4, 2011
Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force (No. 11-1496)). Judicial Watch is investigating the purpose and itinerary of the trip as well as a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers.
On June 28, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking the mission taskings, transportation records, and passenger manifests for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch filed suit:

  • According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.
  • The passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha on the trip. The two girls are listed as “Senior Staff.” The manifests also list Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, as well Mrs. Obama’s makeup and hairstylist (Carl Ray and Johnny Wright).
  • The expense records also show $928.44 was spent for “bulk food” purchases on flight. Overall, during the trip, 192 meals were served for the 21 passengers on board.

The professed purpose of Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana was to encourage young people living in the two growing democracies to become involved in national affairs; and during her scheduled stops in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa and in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the First Lady used the opportunity to speak on education, health and wellness issues.The trip also included such tourist events as visits to historical landmarks and museums, plus a nonworking chance to send time with Nelson Mandela, a meeting that Mrs. Obama described as “surreal.” The trip ended with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the group returned to Washington on June 27.“This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.”

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  • Marine Corps Sniper

    What is your opinion on this post by “sconaway”? Come on, be truthful.
    sconaway Sat, 12/14/2013 – 4:40PM
    Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him?

    Semper FI.

  • Marine Corps Sniper

    sconaway Sat, 12/14/2013 – 4:40PM

    Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him?

  • Marine Corps Sniper

    believe this great nation of ours has had enough of this ill-bred, ill-sofisticated, lowly educated, pompous, and arrogant african, you know what. She has never exemplified the grace, elegance, educated, and in-bred sophistication of a deserving first-lady of OUR GREAT NATION. Or even just an attractive well dressed 1st lady. She has not come even close. Once her time is up in our White house, this country will once again talk and walk with pride and spend money on worthwhile ventures instead of family vacations. They could not afford a vacation before doing the Compton Stroll into our White house, now they take advantage and spend money that is not and was never their’s to spend. We need a family with culpability, capability, and a well educated sense of self. A family whom knows how to act and carry themselves in public or White house parties, and gatherings. And be able to start and finish a conversation that is interesting and not doltish in starting and it’s summation. Let’s get a family in there that we can once again be proud of, like the Bush family and their exceptionally intelligent and extreamly beautiful daughters. We can be strong AGAIN, America, and respected by friends AND foes!

    Semper FI.

  • Marine Corps Sniper

    I believe this great nation of ours has had enough of this ill-bred, ill-sofisticated, lowly educated, pompous, and arrogant african, you know what. She has never exemplified the grace, elegance, educated, and in-bred sophistication of a deserving first-lady of OUR GREAT NATION. Or even just an attractive well dressed 1st lady. She has not come even close. Once her time is up in our White house, this country will once again talk and walk with pride and spend money on worthwhile ventures instead of family vacations. They could not afford a vacation before doing the Compton Stroll into our White house, now they take advantage and spend money that is not and was never their’s to spend. We need a family with culpability, capability, and a well educated sense of self. A family whom knows how to act and carry themselves in public or White house parties, and gatherings. And be able to start and finish a conversation that is interesting and not doltish in starting and it’s summation. Let’s get a family in there that we can once again be proud of, like the Bush family and their exceptionally intelligent and extreamly beautiful daughters. We can be strong AGAIN, America, and respected by friends AND foes!

    Semper FI.

  • EllaJitka

    192 divided between 21 passenger = approx. 9 meals per person. I fly often and after one meal I want good Bloody Mary or Gin & Tonic and sleep (if possible). Can we, pretty please, get them back to ‘Chicfago’, or who the hell cares these morons came from?!

  • sconaway

    Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him?

  • walkerluver

    I personally have not had a vacation in years, but if I were to have one I would have to pay for it. They should be made to pay for thier own.

  • latins2

    insead of going to to africa mrs obama should be in the schools encouraging young black women not to get pregrent, encourage birth control since 67% of young black girls that get pregrent and have no man in the house. this is a huge problem………. stay in the country and do something worthwhile for a change

    3 more years, i don’t know if I can stand it……however, the prospect of HIllary makes me punk in my mouth

  • jumpinjoe

    OK, they are crooks…..now WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT??? This abuse is a FEDERAL CRIME! Who is going to prosecute???

  • RaDonnaM

    These flight records are ‘official FEDERAL documents” with FRAUDULENT recordings. This IS a Federal offense I don’t care who you are.

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  • D1saw

    What does it take to remove this type practice!! I was told once no one was above the law? And I believe President Nixon made that statement. How much more can we take from this people that will have power and abuse it?

  • D1saw

    How come we still allow this kind of abusers, to stay, and break more laws? I understood when I travel government group, I told was not allow for family members to ride on Government vehicles.

  • ladyhawk124

    Time after time, this administration has lied, no less than embezeled our tax dollars, pushed corrupt personal projects and cost the American people Millions of dollars for personal gain. It has “made nice” with the most awful governments and people on this planet, I believe, to allow access to our country’s inner workings and help take America down. When is the rest of the American public going to wake up and finally realise…and DO something about….this threat from within? It was said that the downfall and takeover of America would ” be from within”. I saw that this was the danger long before he was ever elected. Wake up people.

  • Rattlerjake

    Why is there any necessity for the family to travel on tax dollars? The President, which Obuthead is not even eligible to be, should only be traveling when absolutely necessary, not every chance he gets. These politicians are arrogant, a s s h o l e s who will do as they please until they are penalized. It’s time to hang them all (for violating the Constitution and stealing from the American people) and start from scratch.

  • dwhite

    Obama was elected to sit in the White House, NOT his wife and kids. Everything that wife an daughters do should be on Obama’s dime, come out of his paycheck. My employer never once paid for my family to do anything! I paid it all! Like I said before, you can do anything you want until someone stops you! We are being played for fools and we are accepting it!
    I’ll bet Obama laughs at us gullible fools all the time.

  • dwhite


    Just remember-Anyone can do ANYTHING they want, anywhere they want until someone says NO!
    That is exactly what the Obamas do.

  • 2ndhouse

    This is what happens when “employees” believe their own school programming. That they, the “employees” are the leaders and lawmakers for their “Employers” And most of the programmed sheep go along with it out of Ignorance.


    You know if our President , George W Bush had Barbara & Jenna on his manifest as ” advisors ”,
    the s**t would have hit the fan . When will this abomination of a leader get called out for all his
    transgressions by someone with some cujones’ .

    Fred S. Thurston

  • flyingreenmonkey24

    sorry.. Africa is deffinantly NOT a country *face palm* (I couldn’t really edit this very well).

  • flyingreenmonkey24

    Ok. This needs to stop. This is ridiculous. No, I am not talking about the Obama family I am talking about the people with their ridicous comments.
    1) The Obama family spent $424,142 and 928.44 with obviously the “hard to obtain” list of other expenses not included. Divide those two expenses by the 138 MILLION tax paying citizens (in 2007 according to ask.com – mind you there is probably MORE) and you get .0098 cents per person. Really? You say the democrats are causing the problems (which we partially ARE) but you people are squabbling over TEN CENTS.
    2)You say the president should foot the bill himself. The president makes 400,000 a year (according to paywizard.org) but do you know what that money even goes towards?? They pay for all their food, all their personal needs ( dry cleaning, suits etc.).
    3) Seriously, you’re getting mad because while in Africa they decided to see a Safari? Oh. My. Word. do you know how much a safari costs? It probably cost you one cent of that steep ten cent tax. But in case you still think that it was a big deal, think on this Wnd.com said that “while Michelle Obama delivered some speeches.. the taxpayers’ money was wasted” Ok, time to break this down
    3a) First off, she delivered speeches, what the heck, how does this NOT show that she had a purpose for this trip – it was a political trip therefore of course it’s tax payer money! Next you’re going to say that all UN meetings should be footed to Bidon. Basically, you are talking foolishness.
    3b) If we’re going to go all ape-footed crazy on Michelle Obama’s waste of money why don’t we look to all the Republican waste of money? Oh right, this party is Gods gift. Besides the author interviewed someone who said it was a waste of money – have any of you ever heard the term subjective? She delivered speeches, she visited Mandella – heaven forbid she take her CHILDREN to see “HISTORICAL LANDMARKS” while in Africa, an amazing country.
    4) She isn’t in any child labor laws because, guess what, she allegedly pays them! But, according to… Ugh I can’t find the site again (I’m actually really sorry my computer crashed earlier)… the tags were just so they could sit with their mom because the plane is seated by rankings or something like that (this part I’m a little unsure of).
    So, in summary, this article is a very biased (not well edited) piece of work. You people happened to stumble onto this page because you were looking for it, anything to incriminate, anything to be right, anything to find “corruption”. Two words -you failed.

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  • chieftabor

    you mean that they are the persidental famliey, they cant afford their own vacation????

  • Maxtalon

    I just want to know one thing? Why has she Not been prosecuted for these actions? Where is the oversight within the administration?
    As a matter of question, Why have most of the Congress and the Senate closed their eyes and failed to take action against this kind of fraud perpetrated against the good people of this Nation? Just call Me Fed Up. Just Answer these Questions.

  • georitermd

    Addendum to what I just wrote.: In today’s Wall Street Journal, it is reported that black voters OUTNUMBERED white voters in the last election. There is the solution to the problem

  • georitermd

    You people simply do not understand the menatality or the Culture of these people. I have lived with them in school since I was 5 years old thru college. Their conscience is totally different than that of many of us.There is the attitude ,illogical as it may be, that the more they can get , the better.We see that in the welfare mentality, we see that in the soup kitchens, we see that in the free medical clinics, we see that when they have a political office in towns, cities, and counties.Now not everyone in the kitchens, the clinics , the political offices are “that way” but it is a widespread mentality. Further more they admire those who “game” the system to get more of everything. You see that ‘attitude” among many employees in many places, especially government offices (like the post office).

  • btlflpztk

    It is a bit too late for wailing and wringing of hands now. Obama did not install himself for another 4 years. It is because “We, the People” have spoken at the poll booths, so put the blame on the voters where it belongs. And we deserve to live with the fairly predictable results. If we really want change, then we most vote accordingly. Short of a military coup, that is the only way. Forever just preaching to the choir accomplishes nothing.

  • warriorrider

    Why does any of this surprise us!!! The same thing went on the 1st term of this Buffoon so why would anything change his 2nd term?? Did we seem to forget that our 1st lady is the one who said on National TV that she was ashamed to be an AMERICAN but she neglected to say she isn’t ashamed to spend our money for him & her to take little private trips that cost the tax payers of our great nation a BUNDLE!!! I hope & pray that this whole mess in Ben Gasi isn’t going to be swept under the table like everything else that this President/Moron has gotten away with, PLEASE don’t let that happen our country deserves to hear the TRUTH!!!

  • tlg

    - George W. Bush took 77 “vaction” trips to the Texas ranch while he was in office.
    – There’s estimates that W. Bush took 1020 total vacation days in 8 years of presidency.
    – According to FoxNews, they gave a military estimate that it costs $181,757 per hour to use Air Force one due to a recent estimate of Obama’s travel expenses.

    Assuming inflation from ~10 years ago has not changed much from the price of the dollar now, accounting for W Bush’s 77 trips to the ranch and back (so 2×77=154 flights), he would have spent at least a staggering 77*2*$181,757 = $27,990,578 million taxpayer dollars on Air Force One expenses alone.

  • tlg

    Seriously people…EVERY President has done this sort of thing. Nothing new here, get over yourselves.

  • kafir911

    The mainstream media is on top of this one nonstop. No wait, they’re too busy blaming America rather than Islamic doctrine for the Boston Marathon bombing!

  • Pickle

    SO WHAT!
    We have a sick Congress which no longer works for, WE THE PEOPLE!

    If any of us would attempt to do this we would definitely end up jail.

  • Proud2BConservative

    Absolutely pathetic but typical for this administration. Shameful!!!!

  • john bausano

    Obama is not an honest person and never has been. I dought that the United States of America will have another honest election in OUR life times.

    It is time the working folks under stand the trouble this once Great Country at which we live, recognise this.

  • EDDIE1

    away from the whitehouse.here in europe were being ripped off by the european legal mafia,namely the brussels mob. made up of ageing crooks who are led by a german leader.herr merkel whose is determined to do what Adolf Hitler couldnt do ,namely to take over europe,and shes succeeding.when a euro country like cyprus, can actually decide to take money out of your savings.where you have no say in the matter,we are no longer a democracy but a dictatorship.led by Germany. 1984 has arrived

  • EDDIE1

    they came over in wooden sailing ships chained and starving,now they return in a presidental jet .dont sound too bad does it?

  • randy4662

    When Lara went to other countries she claimed it wasn’t just for pleasure , she always had business to tend to. For example, Laura Bush and her daughters, Barbara and Jenna, traveled to Africa in 2007, where they went on safari. Yet her trip was regarded as an “official” visit and included several public events.

  • skyfly757

    Kinda sounds like them folk that had the ‘cee-ment pond’ in the backyard of their mansion. The difference is that those folk were harmless and operating on their own money. Michelle, The First Disgrace, is just smart enough to be dangerous and she absolutely knows she is spending the taxpayer’s money, and that she is doing so with impunity. The arrogance is astounding. Good luck on getting this covered in the main-stream media, they are deeply embedded in the Progressive-Left Wing conspiracy. As an aside, the news anchors of ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, etc. would probably receive broken noses if Pres. BHO ever stopped unexpectedly short. Thank God for people like Judicial Watch, FOX News, and Glenn Beck among others, who are our only window to unbiased news reporting.

  • sinsuehouser

    Isn’t this wasteful spending of American tax dollars for expensive personal vacations for Michelle and Girls, bordering on outright embezzlement practices? By listing the “minor” girls as “Senior Staff” members falsifying government documents?
    The President is employed by the American People. She represents him only as Matriarch of their family. She and the girls are entitled to his medical, protection (i.e., secret service) for obvious reasons, and “his paycheck and bank accounts” She is not an employee of the Government of the United States and neither are the girls. Sorry, but no other government employee’s family members are given these privileges. I know that as “First Family” members they have an expense account for vacations and travel but it should not be an open account. He is after all receiving a pay check that he doesn’t have to pay taxes on, social security, nor medical coverage premiums for his family. All other government employees must pay for these things and still don’t get ” all expense paid vacations to exotic places. ” Even their food is supplied free of charge. If the “Lady” and “Girls” want these things, and they aren’t paying rent, or utilities why can’t they afford their own vacations? Why is it that we grant, allow, or simply turn our heads to this wasteful lifestyle? Why is there not a cap on their vacation spending per year? And why are they not required to repay any and all expenses over that amount? So place a cap on this kind of spending., garnish his wages to cover the differences, he is obviously rich to begin with before entering this office. He has no bills to pay for his day to day living expenses, and he should be responsible for his family’s expenses above reasonable limits. We are going to have to pay him his salary for another four years, and for the rest of his life, while he accomplishes putting this country further into debt. He also is guilty of defacing public property. To my thinking, removing the American Flag from behind his stage,( let alone not having respect for it and can’t be bothered to place his hand over his heart or recite the pledge of allegiance) and for defacing a government owned air plane with his own decal that was already in perfectly acceptable condition! And who paid for it? The “Family” has gone way to far in belittling our country! It is time they realize that if they also don’t like the ideals and practices of the American People…. they are welcome to find somewhere else to live! Close the Bank doors for these people! Make them accountable! Ask him to spend at least one year straight in the White House doing the job he was hired for! Not out on campaign trails, not flibberty jitting around the world mocking America! Why can’t they be held responsible for their actions just the same as you and me? We all would be put into prison for committing one of the above items. (Wait a minute, maybe that is where we need to be? We would get a high school, trade school, or college degree, or all of them if we want or are missing some….We would get medical, vision, prescription, dental and hospital coverage. The utilities would be paid for, and our food prepared for us! We would all have big screen tvs, gyms and state of the art exercise equipment . The vacations tend to be more mini stay cations due to overcrowding they take you out in buses and drive you about the countryside. And you even get to visit other places occasionally!

  • tommysb5

    This is one of the many reasons Ole Moochie had her Law License revoked in illinois. The arrogance of these people is beyond me. I can only hope that Obama is defeated so he can take his worthless ole lady and his kids back to Africa to start a new villiage. Get his Lying, Thieving a$$ out of the United States. And they wonder why this country is so down on Obama.

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  • BillPackard

    It will be another sad day if Obama is elected again. It goes to show the lack of intelligence of the American people. If He wins another elction America will never be the same. I’m looking for a new country. Obama is a suto-Anti-Christ.

  • gerryk1

    Tony Bulver below, could not have said it better! This is one of the worst Presidents to occupy the Oval Office!

  • Pete Blake

    In response to Tony Bulver: I believe the newest term for these idiots is “the low informed”. They elected this potus and the ones I have engaged in conversations do not have a clue about anything except how to use thier cell phones for texting. I believe the term should be in a “coma”

  • jim

    I believe that President Obama is operating by “The Chicago Way”. He don’t know any other way to operate. Gangster’s and Thugs. The votes in Chicago politics have always been manipulated. I am somewhat involved in my business with software and the code writing people. I believe the vote counting machines can be “Rigged” to slant the vote. Think, if we can deliver a payload onto the face of Mars and drive it around snapping and delivering pictures, surely it isn’t such a feat to Rig a voting machine to vote for the candidate of choice. Yes, that does seem far fetched. But if you were Obama and knew, no matter what you did or said would effect the pre-programmed outcome (Re-election) then wouldn’t you be a bit arrogant, conceited and nose in the air? It is a fact that voter fraud is occurring with the likes of ACORN, you know their Mantra, “Vote Early and Vote Often”. Pray hard. Jim+

  • jps43

    let’s get a few more facts first. did previous 1st families take their kids along on any junkets? if so how were they listed on the manifest? if they were listed as family and govt was reimbursed then lets get on this and start demanding answers,

  • Maria Eliakostas

    No wonder our country is in trouble. Our leaders are living the good life on OUR dime and keep raising our taxes to fund it. This is disgraceful!

  • Vicky Lynn Eveland-Barnett

    Listing Obummers daughter as senior staffers makes me want to throw up.

  • Selena Bryant

    Wake up people. It doesn’t matter if you are a democrat or a republican. Are you an American? If so just vote to stop the spiral tail spin. We as a nation ,each are responsible for putting officials in office. Do a little homework. The mainstream media is bought and paid for. Hidden agendas. Yes politiicians have hidden agendas, all of them. Lets face it. The current administration has pretty much revealed their intent. Bankrupt the economy. Force taxpayers, most of which are middle class, to pay for those who could work, but refuse to. We have perpetuated an entire group and generations to come to receive without contributing. If you are receiving of course you want to continue in such, but have some pride, stand up, get up, give back with some dignity. If you are paying, of course you don’t want to pay anymore. Lets face it we are in a dilema, things MUST be done differently. Don’t enable Congress and the Presidential office to decide the future of our children and their children to be paupers and government benefit dependent. Give them the choice to be free and the ability to work to make things better. Please. I have kids and grand kids and I want them to be proud of their country and encouraged that this, United States of America is still the land of the free and home of the brave, where liberty and justice are alive and well, for ALL.. Ask yourself, can you in good conscience say I as a person of this nation am not going to make a difference. I refuse to stand up and say no more of this. Can you say I am just one, I don’t matter? Have you even read a history book? One makes all the difference. Be that one to say NO MORE. Give me back my country. Stop the misdirections and focus on what Really needs to be done. Politicians SHOULD have to live with the same consequences of their actions as the people the are supposed to be representing. Now wouldn’t that make a difference. Come on educated yourself. Know what, how and why these politicans say and do what they are saying and doing. Hold them accountable for their actions. Make them fulfill their oaths to serve and protect you and this country. Make them swear allegiance and honor you and this Nation. Each of us can make a difference. Be the United States of America. Unite, one voice. No more.

  • elin.s.lee

    What I want to know is this:

    How much were the kids paid as “Senior Staff?”

  • whitewinged1

    You people have no clue what is really happening to your country do you? The puppet that is ” running” your country is under direct orders to gut it from the inside out! Wake up! This administration has let the Wallstreet bankers rob the country of trillions of dollars, they have shipped all your jobs over seas, taken away all your rights and freedoms, shredded your constitution and now they are coming for all your guns because they don’t want you to be able to protect yourselves when they enact marshal law and start rounding up all the American dissidents ( those who speak out against the government) and put them in one of the FEMA camps that they have recently built in every state. Obama is under orders to destroy the USA from the inside out and you had better wake up and realize what is going on around you and take action NOW! What kind of government spends trillions on military budgets and starts wars all over the globe when the country is 15 trillion dollars in debt? All the while leaving the citizens of the US to suffer with no injections to the economy and no help from the government as the standard of living deteriorates at an alarming rate. PS if it looks as though Obama will not be re-elected then you had better start praying because he will start WWIII by attacking Iran who supplies Russia and China with 40% of their oil. And i can assure you that Russia and China will NOT let that happen …it will be the end of us all. Meanwhile all the elites will be safe in one of the self sustaining D.U.M.B.S ( Google it if you know what’s good for you) This Canadian prays for you!

  • Chris Leahy

    Wow!! and all we hear is how out of touch Romney is (fair enough) while the current WH admin continues to pull crap like this. WAKE UP ppl!!

  • Johannes van der Spek

    It’s only a little bit fraudulent, and it was only 1/2 a Billion taxpayer dollars
    It’s not like the citizens are starving, or doing without, or in need of health services or medication, now were they?

    I am reminded of another self important royal from another time
    “then let them eat cake” is her claim to fame

  • Bonnie Q. Royal

    How does this corrupt administration keep getting away with it!!!!!
    Another 4 yrs. will totally destroy the America we have known and loved.
    If we don’t repent and turn from our wicked ways, this Nation is a thing of the past.
    God have mercy!!!

  • Bobby Garza

    Here we in America are suffering from busted economy, high employment, high gasoline and diesel fuel and on & on. Then a president and his family, that could care less for hard working americans (non union) that has made this country great. A stupid president that told senior American that worked all their lives, we are gong have to sacrifice. Then he and his family traveling all over the globe on vacations at taxpayes expense without a care in the world about We The People.

  • Tony Bulver

    And yet in spite of the blatant and arrogant First Family with an “in your face, I don’t care whether you like it or not, I’m going to do anything I want whether it’s constitutional or not and I dare you to anything about it” attitude, there are still a huge number of fools who will vote for this man to continue to be the “leader” of this great nation. It’s almost beyond comprehension that there are so many ignorant, gullibe idiots in this country.

  • Jane Pedersen Sorensen

    This is amazing. People get fired in business for this!

  • Lynda McMurry Hooper

    What really distresses me, besdes the obvious, of course, is the fact that they totally get away with everything, and nobody does anything to stop the corruption, graft, and total disregard for America and our people! How can we be so blind ~ so negligent, as to let this continue????

  • bearslighthouse

    Seems to me that if I named my children as senior staffers I might be in violation of the Child Labor Laws. But then, I am not the Potus or the 1st L. I am also not running the most honest and ethical, the most open administration in the history of the office, either.

  • Meledie Knopf

    Mrs. Obama just had to address the people about health and wellness issues. I’m sure there are a lot of overweight people in Africa, right?! I can’t believe how she not only pokes her nose into our eating habits and food we MUST eat, but then goes on a junket to tell the world how they should do the same thing! And certainly their two daughters made great “Senior Staffers.” Michelle’s mother and niece/nephew were probably quite delighted to be pampered by our tax dollars. Please! Give me a flippin’ break!!! No wonder they needed Mrs. Obama’s TWO hairdressers. The DEMAND (in more ways that one!) to care for the four women were quite likely more than ONE could handle! But then to make Michelle look good probably does take the devotion of the two stylists at the same time. I don’t wish working for that family on my worst enemy!!! Just taking care of them and all their whims, alone, has probably cost us one of the multitrillion dollars that has been racked up since Obama took over as king…..er, I mean President.

  • tmkimmey

    The total arrogance & disconnect of this president, his wife & administration are nothing short of utter amazement !! I am flabbergasted at the ruin they are causing at the expense of American taxpayers & are doing so without so much as even an ounce of concern for the terrible and destructive image they have created !! Obama & his administration are without the worst thing to happen to America since 911 !! Granted, 911 resulted in the death of thousands & while Obama & his administration haven’t caused that, they have created as much ruin & destruction to the American way of life & our sacred Constitution !! His departure from office will be an occassion for America to celebrate & to be able to look forward to our nation returning to it’s former greatness !!! He is a shameful disgrace !!!

  • dfhyde

    Why should this extravagant life style surprise anyone? What did you expect would happen with this administation? It is sad to say, but we have another 4 years of this conceited, arrogant, incompetent @#$%#%$&^#$763547634

  • shirleycrowft

    redisribution of wealth f rom the taxpayers to the millionaire Obamas . How about that!

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